Good first day of cut; Reconsidering aspects of my plan.
The week leading up to my cut was a dietary free-for-all, and the long Labor Day weekend was the exclamation point. I know it sounds counter-intuitive to go nuts right before starting a cut–and there’s no question I added a couple of pounds of fat last week–but this practice really works for me. Why? Because by the time my cut starts I’m craving clean, wholesome foods. Right now a freshly grilled chicken breast and a big salad sounds infinitely more appealing than a pizza. Over the years I’ve discussed just how important momentum is, and I think getting a cutting program off to a strong start is critical.
On the subject of momentum, my planned weekly cheat meal for this cut (which is something I never employ while cutting) has me feeling anxious. Most people look forward to a weekly break from strict dieting, but I’m definitely not in that camp. I’ve always looked at anything that slows my progress down as a cancer, and so I’m really struggling with the notion of letting off the gas, even a little bit. I may have to back off from my original plan a tad, and call the weekly splurge meal purely optional. 🙂 I’m also reconsidering the allowance of alcohol with the splurge meal. Alcohol and cutting go together like oil and water. Sure, I could have a couple drinks once per week and it won’t kill my progress… but it sure ain’t helping, either.
I’ll have to give all of this some more thought.
Anyway, yesterday was a solid start to the cut. My body is shedding the excess water, I didn’t miss the alcohol or junk food one bit, I slept great last night and I had an excellent ride yesterday morning. This morning I was up at 4:30 sharp, feeling energetic and positive.
I’m sometimes asked what my absolute #1 tip for dieters is. That’s an easy one! Look for the answer in tomorrow’s blog.